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Consuming health in later life

Ian Rees Jones, Martin Hyde, Christina R. Victor, Richard D. Wiggins, Chris Gilleard and Paul Higgs

in Ageing in a consumer society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9781861348821
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301431 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348821.003.0007
Consuming health in later life

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This chapter discusses the consumption of health in later life. Changes in government policy suggest that people at all ages will be expected to take on more responsibility in maintaining and protecting their own health. The chapter also stresses that the emphasis on maintaining the self is a key feature of later life in the 21st century, and that this will have an impact on different sections of the healthcare industry.

Keywords: consuming health; changes; government policy; self-maintenance; healthcare industry

Chapter.  8114 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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